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compensates everyone. >> the internal revenue service is taking serious blow back for targeting conservative groups. as a result the acting commissioner of internal revenue service was asked to resign. president obama says the irs action was " inexcusable. the president also says the new safeguards would be used red actions like this from happening again. house speaker john b oehner says laws were broken and those responsible should be sent to jail. attorney general eric holder is ordered an investigation. >> governor jerry brown's latest budget plan follows a $17 billion bond for california's k through 12 schools over the next four years. that's a dramatic turnaround from the teachers laid off and program cuts that were common during the recession governor brown also was to give local districts the authority to spend state money as they choose. the update is a budget released this week would push funding in california to an average of nearly $8,500 per student for the remainder of the current year. the figure is expect to rise by two dogs its fiscal year. taking a live look outside to the g
to resign amid controversy. president obama made the announcement about steven miller yesterday. he said the public's truswas breached when the irs flagged applications for tax-exempt status from conservative groups. the president called the action inexcusable. >> i will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency but especially in the irs. >> the fbi is looking into possible criminal wrongdoing and three congressional committees are starting their own investigation. >>> meanwhile, the white house has released 100 pages of documents in connection with last year's deadly attack on a u.s. diplomatic post in benghazi, libya. the one email shows then cia director david petraeus objected to the final talking points that u.n. ambassador susan rice used five days after the attack. petraeus wanted to see more details publicly released including a warning from the cia about plans for an embassy attack. >>> a new orleans man suspected of shooting more than a dozen people during a mother's day parade is behind bars this morning. investigators arrested 19-year- old akeem scott last night. polic
to someone who says her conservative group was personally targeted by the irs. >>> then later, the other big story, benghazi and what it could mean. president obama, secretary clinton, or the republic chance who spend so much time focusing on it? we'll see who gets hurt. and this is "hardball." the place for politics. you'll s written by people just like you. i love my contractor, and i am so thankful to angie's list for bringing us together. angie's list -- reviews you can trust. we're not in london, are we? no. why? apparently my debit card is. what? i know. don't worry, we have cancelled your old card. great. thank you. in addition to us monitoring your accounts for unusual activity, you could also set up free account alerts. okay. [ female announcer ] at wells fargo we're working around the clock to help protect your money and financial information. here's your temporary card. welcome back. how was london? [ female announcer ] when people talk, great things happen. >>> a jury in philadelphia has found a doctor who practiced late-term abortions guilty of the first-degree murder of three b
. >>> president obama fielded questions today about a brewing scandal involving the internal revenue service. critics accused the irs of targeting conservative groups for extra scrutiny of tax exempt status. >> if you've got the irs operating in anything less than a neutral and nonpartisan way, then that is outrageous. >> reporter: the president said those responsible must be held fully accountable. >>> and new at 10:00, debra villalon has reaction from the local tea party and a congressman who say it is dialogue needs to go deeper. >> reporter: here in solano county there are some tea party parties some with exempt status some with in and out. but none surprised by what's coming out of washington. >> we kind of just let it drop. >> reporter: mark recalls his group gave up on tax exemption because other groups told them it was an irs fight. but critics might argue that's information that should be shared. if an organization is trying to show its nonprofit and civic minded, not political. >> congressional hearings out of focus. >> reporter: democratic congressman gerimendi holding a town meet
to blow up a plane. >>> president obama fielded questions today about a brewing scandal involving the internal revenue service. critics accused the irs of targeting conservative groups for extra scrutiny of tax exempt status. >> if you've got the irs operating in anything less than a neutral and nonpartisan way, then that is outrageous. >> reporter: the president said those responsible must be held fully accountable. >>> and new at 10:00, debra villalon has reaction from the local tea party and a congressman who say it is dialogue needs to go deeper. >> reporter: here in solano county there are some tea party parties some with exempt status some with in and out. but none surprised by what's coming out of washington. >> we kind of just let it drop. >> reporter: mark recalls his group gave up on tax exemption because other groups told them it was an irs fight. but critics might argue that's information that should be shared. if an organization is trying to show its nonprofit and civic minded, not political. >> congressional hearings out of focus. >> reporter: democratic congressman
lump or two? >> caller: the point of this is -- i'm a conservative, is that i know it's been done on both sides but obama was supposed to be above all of this. he was supposed to be the person who was going to put -- restore freedom and all of this -- >> stephanie: so was george bush, remember? >> caller: i didn't mention george bush. >> stephanie: right. remember, he was going to be -- >> caller: the current administration said they would be above all of this partisanship and it has proven he's just -- >> stephanie: he didn't come from the white house. no one's claiming it came from obama. >> caller: you think a bunch of low-level employees all of a sudden at the i.r.s. decided to do this on their own? >> stephanie: yes i do, actually. because if an organization has the words tea party in its name, it is most likely doing political advocacy. >> it is their job to investigate that. obama had nothing to do with it. >> caller: nobody was liberal or progressive however. >> the aclu was investigatinged just a few years ago. and liberals cannot be able to organize very well. it is just
to look at things as the quote, i have heard that phrase fair and balanced. conservatives have overshot so often and gone after obama for everything. the whackos calling him a secret muslim and saying he wasn't born here. so when there is something that deserves our attention i think they lose some altitude and that works to the benefit of the white house. but we have to be honest about the fact that this is not good. and if the white house lawyers knew we found out in april about this irs issue, why didn't they bring it to the attention of the president so he didn't have to find out about it at the same time other people did. martha: what about that, tucker, in terms of the justice department doing the investigation into the irs? is that too close a relationship for us to get an honest answer, an honest investigation there? >> it's a sad day when you have to ask a question like that. but the idea that the justice department couldn't be trusted to do a basic criminal investigation is scary. i don't take it on faith that they didn't know. they lied about benghazi, that word is not too stron
. but what it said to me is here you have a conservative who is from a southeastern state who is supposed to be the face of the anti-obama anti-new brown america movement who now has a multi-racial family and he was showing that he is okay with it. it was a great message. >> michael: is daughter is white, his son-in-law is black, and he is orange. >> that's right. >> michael: up next here in "the war room," a film that puts a light on a national epidemic. the director of "shell shocked" joins me next. ♪ >> michael: ever since the tragedy at newtown we have diligently covered the effects of gun violence on the nation. at least 4,101 americans have died as a result of gun violence gin newtown. that's a tough escalate from "slate" magazine that's 158 new townes since newtown, and 66 of them were in new orleans, louisiana. this horrific scene happened on mother's day in new orleans. thankfully no one die. an fbi spokesperson said it is strictly an act of street violence in new orleans. in 2010 louisiana had the worst gun murder rate in the country, 2.5 times higher than t
targeted conservatives with implementing a huge law? so president obama would like to tamp down the scandal as much as possible and say this agency had bad apples but. we clean but. host: is it significant that dan was also part of the bush administration? guest: yes, there's something to be set for reaching across the aisle when you are trying to build support for nominee, to have someone who's a republican. this scandal broke under the watch of an irs commissioner who had been appointed under president bush as well. the key line of questioning will be who knew what and when, did it go all the way to the top, did it stretched from this quasi-independent irs to officials of the white house, or people notified? the ways and means committee sent a letter. had folks come from the irs to the panel almost two ago. the irs consistently said we're not doing this, this is not happening. and now this new report from dave russell george says in fact it was. so there are frustrated lawmakers who want to figure out how they were told one thinks an inspector general said something else is happening. hos
with the name tea party, or patriot or 912. what about individuals? obviously conservative who oppose president obama, how do we know they weren't targeted for special treatment, a special look at how they make their tax returns? we don't know that. i'd like to know the truth. >>brian: we're not going to know the truth until we find out who told that cincinnati office to do what they're doing and then we'll find out how many people want to fall on their sword for somebody else. >> who knew when did they know and why did they start it? >>brian: varney and company 9:20 eastern time. >> navy seal shot down and killed by al qaeda. years later family members are still looking for answers. >> the u.s. government and high-ranking government credit own more credit for the shootdown than the the shootdown than the taliban. [ female announcer ] at jcpenney, we never stop being amazed by you. so we brought back what you loved. added new surprises. and now, you've come back to us. we're speechless. except for two little words. ♪ there was this and this. she got a parking ticket... ♪ and she forgot to p
're following how the markets will close and a lot more. big show on tap today. for example, president obama, today you saw that news conference live on cnbc calling the irs targeting of conservative groups outrageous. he says he has no patience for what happened. but the story has not gone away. it has sparked outrage from both sides of the aisle. you'll hear the outrage coming zblup we'll hear from john mccain of arizona ands al franken of minnesota. their reaction to the actions out of the irs. also talk to them about new bank regulations they are setting. >>> the other story we're following, the bloomberg breach. we continue to sort out who snooped on whom through their highly coveted and very expen expensive information terminals and what information may have come out that should not have. we have much more on that very important story just ahead as well. >> absolutely. >>> in the meantime let's take a look at where we stand as we approach this final stretch. we've been in the red all day as you can see here. actually we're at the best levels of the afternoon here hua decline in the ses
in 2010. the coch brothers have been conservative targets of the attacks of many organizations, the patriot and tea party organizations. mitch mcconnell is looking into this. here is his quote. >> the obama effort to shut up opponents isn't limited to the i.r.s. it applies to the f.e.c. the obama campaign last year published a list of eight business men who it believed were enemies. >>steve: yesterday the president said if somebody at the i.r.s. did that, it is outrageous. the i.r.s. has already apologized. the president did say he first heard about it on friday when it hit the news. that is extraordinary because jay carney told reporters that the white house counsel was informed on april 22, which is 20 days before. a big scandal. and they didn't tell the boss, the president of the united states? that is either incompetence on the part of the white house counsel not telling the boss about something big like that or simply they're not being honest. >>brian: hearings start on friday in the house in front of the ways and means committee. >> meanwhile at 24 before the top of the h
that even projecting out over several years, it's even a conservative economist, no one would argue these levels of debt that we're seeing in 2015 now are not at a sustainable level. >> is there a way for the obama administration to try to steal some of the attention away from the irs, benghazi? benghazi's not as topical because of what's coming forward about the irs. >> i wish the case for the sort of deficit hawk hysteria had anything to do with facts. we just saw one of the major papers that was brought up at a rationale for his obsession for cutting the deficit and the debt. we saw that disproved. so unfortunately, this has always been about a radical agenda. today, this afternoon, house republicans are going to meet to continue at the leadership of paul ryan, to continue with their gent. being concerned about the deficit sounds better than saying let's lower taxes on the rich and starve the poor, but i doubt we'll see that going away anytime soon. >> what could the white house do to steal back some of the attention steered in the positive direction? >> i think the first thing m
is up in a moment. first, james rossen in washington with the latest. >> good afternoon. president obama today promised to deal with any structural or management issues that may have contributed to the irs's targeting of conservative-leaning groups. in a news conference with turkey's prime minister today, the president said he didn't know about the targeting until he was presented with the recent inspector general's report at the treasurery attend which found groups being subjected to, quote, inappropriate criteria when they sought tax. and status. the president waved off the idea of appointing a congressional investigation. >> between those investigations, i think we're going to be able to figure out exactly what happened, who was involved, what went wrong, and we're going to be able to implement steps to fix it. >> nothing dissolves the bonds between the people and their government like the arrogance of power here in washington. and that's what the american people are seeing today from the obama administration. remarkable arrogance. >> the president also expressed confidence in attorne
states under siege. that is the subject of this evening's talking points memo. the obama administration has trouble on three fronts as you may know. the irs illegally investigating conservatives. the assassination of libyan ambassador christopher stephens still not defined after eight months. and the justice department secretly obtaining the phone records of some journalists. today, the president met with the turkish prime minister who looked a little confused and then answered questions about the three controversies. we begin with the irs deal. >> i'm outraged by this in part because, look, i'm a public figure. if a future administration is starting to use the tax laws to favor one party over another or one political view over another, obviously we are all vulnerable. >> bill: okay. mr. obama fired the irs acting director last night and replaced him today with another bureaucrat. but there is deep suspicion in some circles that the liberal obama administration created an atmosphere where far left zealots in the irs were basically unsupervised. they could do what they want. that's a har
at his press conference today. he answered a question about the irs targeting conservative groups by calling for more action even after the head of the irs stephen miller resigned yet. >> obama: it doesn't matter if you're democrat or republican, you should be equally outraged at even the prospect of the irs might not be acting with the kind of complete neutrality that we expect. i think we're going to be able to fix it. we'll get there and get it done, and we've already begun that process. we'll keep on going until it's finished. >> michael: we all loved watching the marine holding the president and prime minister. that was attention getting at the rose garden. the senior official at the office of management and budget will step in as acting director of the irs starting next week. the democrats seem to be regaining the political narrative today. today nancy pelosi placed it squarely on the supreme court's citizen united decision. >> the actions highlight why we must overturn citizens united. as you know a very thin line we must pass a law that makes it much clearer that the so-ca
we showed you out president obama completely avoided a question about whether he or anyone in the white house new about the irs targeting of conservatives before last friday. that's the latest piece of evidence that is pointing to the possibility of the white house involvement in the scandal. now earlier this week a veteran political analyst said he thought the white house might have even authorized the tax agency's actions. listen to this. >> i will tell you this on the irs front. i have worked in this town for over 20 years. i worked in the white house and on capitol hill, and i can say with a very strong sense of certainty that there are people very close to this president that not only knew what the irs were doing, but authorized it. it's simply just does not happen at an agency level like that, an initiative like that, without political advisors likely in the west wing, certainly connected to the president's ongoing campaign organization that didn't know about it. >> pretty harsh. that's not all because on tuesday of this week press secretary jay carney also left the d
exempt division. the same division now accused of targeting conservatives. a a bonus so large it typically requires presidential approval. did president obama approve the bonus? tell me about the bonus and who are we talking about? >> sarah hall ingram who headed the tax exempt division during the time that the alleged targeting was going on and now appointed by steven miller are by the way the man who testified today had such testy relations with the committee he promoted her into handling the whole oklahoma care account which is a big part of the irs job coming up in the years to come. when she was the head of this tax exempt division she got $100,000 total bonuses from 2009 to 2012 including $34,000 bonus in 2010. a $35,000 bonus in 2011. you are right, my colleague mark tapscott at the washington examiner uncovered the numbers and also says that a bonus that high generally has to go to the office of personnel management and then to the president for are approval. >> greta: she has gotten them during the obama administration. has been around the irs for some time. did she e
and focuses on conservation fired him. and brian masters and accepted responsibility on his facebook page. after this apology he addressed the elephant in the room. michelle obama talks to high schoolers on their graduation day. what the first lady had to say.coming up. plus we take to a local bowling alley where the gourmet food will bowl you over. ♪ [ engine revs ] ♪ [ male announcer ] just when you thought you had experienced performance, a new ride comes along and changes everything. ♪ the 2013 lexus gs, with a dynamically tuned suspension and adjustable drive modes. because the ultimate expression of power is control. this is the pursuit of perfection. >> told high-schoolers in nashville: it's up to them to grab ahold of their education. she gave the commencement speech to the martin luther king magnet school on saturday. and every student got a hug with their diploma. but she also had a message for the parents. one of the students said it was an honor and privilege to host the first lady. and that all their hard work is clearly paying off. google maps will look very different
caucus. it wasn't just the tea party that was targeted by the obama administration through the irs. it was also christians. people that support israel. people that are pro-growth and pro jobs, anti-debt. people that are conservatives. people that are tea partiers. this was an instance where we saw political opponents of this administration that are punished for their religious beliefs whereas the allies of the administration were given rewards. they were fast tracked for o their tax status. of course, we should be worried because a new national database is about to be created that will hold sensitive intimate information, our healthcare. the irs will be the enforcer of healthcare so it's reasonable to ask. >> eric: and they will be able to decide how much companies are required to carry in terms of healthcare. who gets fined, how much they get fined, they can literally they may do the same thing with the obamacare and literally drive certain ideologies, certain political groups out of business? >> you perfectly stated the concerns of the american people. i used to work as a federal
are conservative, liberal, republican, this should send a chill up your spine. >> >> according to the white house press secretary president obama expects swift punishment. o.j. simpson is expected in court to ask agonal to overturn his conviction. he filed a motion saying he had such bad representation, his conviction should be reversed and a new trial should be ordered. . >>> former nfl wide receiver titus young is in jail in southern california after his third arrest in the past week. the 23-year-old was arrested late friday and in san clemente for alennedly breaking into a home and fighting with police officer. last sunk, young was arrested in riverside county on suspicious of dui and later that day, he was arrested again for frying to take his card from a tow yard. he was drafted by detroit lionses but was released later it in. year. have >> a hearing scheduled to appeal a ruling about whether or not the historic oyster company can operate on the land. drake's bay oyster company was ordered off the land last year. since then, there have been several counter suits. drakes he bay claims they fi
that government can have. i don't care if you're a conservative. liberal, democrat or republican this should send a chill up your spine. >> the white house press secretary says president obama expects swift punishment for those responsible for the misconduct. >>> the legal battle over drake's bay oyster company is scheduled to be back in court this week. on tuesday, hearing is scheduled to appeal a ruling about whether or not the historic oyster company can operate on national park service land during legal proceedings. drake's company was ordered off the state land. after that there have been several counter suits claiming that drake's bay is operating without a permit. however drake's bay claims it filed for the permit years ago and that the commission has delayed issuing it. >>> on this mother's day every mom wants to feel like she's someone special. ktvu's katie yuta reports on some moms that sometimes have problems feeling special but not today. >> reporter: the blowing of the blow drier and the song of a violin made it a special day for mothers from a shelter. the mother's day at hamilton s
on monday, mr. obama said that if, in fact, irs personnel targeted conservatives, that would be outrageous. and those responsible would be held accountable. that's nice to hear, but he was making conditional what the irs has already admitted, which is not as bad as what we're learning it really did. and finally, in the "washington post," obama's second term blues set in. obama's response did him little good because it failed to get him out in front of the scandal. rather than taking quick action, firing those involved or opening an investigation with more teeth than the inspector generals, he's left himself at the mercy of events and will be called to respond as details dribble out. this was exactly his problem with benghazi. if obama wishes to avoid the endless scandals that plague many second term presidents, he needs to say more sooner. >> mike, presidents circle the wagon, especially in the second term, a sort of arrogance sets in over an entire administration. we've seen it time and time again, and tragically, i think we're seeing it with this administration. >> oh, you saw it yesterd
as the acting commissioner and will testify. yesterday president obama named miller's replacements, white house budgeted official daniel werfel. he is expected to stay on through september. president obama said it was only last week that he learned about the extra scrutiny given to conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. >> the minute i found out about it, then my main focus is making sure that we get it fixed. >> house speaker john boehner and some other republicans are calling for a criminal investigation. >>> meanwhile the president is promising to do everything possible to reduce sexual assaults in the armed forces. held a meeting yesterday with military leaders. according to the pentagon, estimates are up to 26,000 military members may have been sexually abused last year. meanwhile on capitol hill, bipartisan support is growing for an overhaul of the military justice system. >>> 5:20 now. coming up, the giants launched their biggest comeback yet. big winner last night. the spurs advance to the western conference final. we'll have highlights coming up. ,,,, omg, stop. jack, your new
hearings that will dig into the irs matter and targeting of conservative groups opposed to president obama's agenda. bill: the president has shown the acting chief, steven miller, out the door. he is here today. we will hear from him. he was retiring in a few weeks anyway. many lawmakers are not confident that will be enough to fix matters. straight away to mike emanuel to set the stage for today's hearing. mike, good morning. >> reporter: the chairman. committee, dave camp on the way in said we want to know who hatched this. steven miller, the outgoing commissioner ins irs said errors were made but not based on partisan views. he is in the same room with the inspector general who crafted the irs report. they have shaken hands. they're both in the room. they are both in the room and they will both talk to lawmakers today. president obama says he is outraged and that the government will look at structural and management issues to keep this from happening again. >> we will be putting in new leadership that will be able to make sure that following up on the ig audit that we gather up all the
? >> it is not surprising john stuart is going after obama for the irs. that is basically the worst agency for obama to have a problem with because democrats will not defend them. neil: when this first came out they were targeting conservative groups, liberals might quietly applaud, but harry reid coming out of this and jon stewart obviously it had more weight to it than i appreciated it >> reporters see this as the likelihood being threatened. the doj is complicating the relationship between the reporter. neil: there was a well-being of protection. i am not allowing it, but a lot of conservative reporters are the same one upset with "the new york times." i will say this, i think it is more of a development because it calls into question using a government agency, one of the most feared on a planet to better your enemies and nobody likes it. >> the irs was leaking documents from conservatives, applications for tax exemption, so that is incredibly dangerous. that is chilling. i know you don't think this is a very big situation with the ap. neil: i am more understanding of it than the irs thing. >> i am not g
of practices that have. report -- that have been reported on and intentionally targeting conservative groups, than that's outrageous, and there's no place for it. melissa: huh, did you hear the "if"? president obama expressing jut rage over the irs fee yays key, yeah, i don't know. the administration wonders why people don't trust the government or wall street anymore. you have the irs fixing on certain organizations. you got bloomberg spying on traders through a terminal, and brand new reports of the justice department spretly accesses phone records of the associated press. that's new. what's cominup next? joining me now is app grew, partners at edwards wildman jeffrey from harvard university, sorry,o comment there, and itch edson covering the story. rich, let me start with you, there's a hearing friday on irs thing. one of the big questions is who gave this order? where did it come from? how high does it goes; right? that's got to be the first thing to track down. >> yeah, absolutely. look at how it started on friday, the irs said that basicallthis was concentrated in cincinnati showing i
is president obama just a few moments ago. >> i first learned about it from the same news reports that i think most people learned about this. irs and were intentionally targeting conservative groups then that's outrageous. >> as you know, larry already has a lot to say. >> all right. welcome. we're going to start with irs gate. what do you think about this. >> now a tea party and patriots. any applications from these 501 c-4s. associated with israel groups. you were put under the mike scope. that's a new revelation. a second memo came out in july of 2011. >> it certainly doesn't make it right at any level. >> it's stupid no matter where it started. see which people are really legitimate. if you apply for that status you can do some political work. too late for them to be saying outrageous. of course it is. >> how about the treasury department? where is the treasury department? >> they should have said it friday. >> overseaing obama care. that is huge. waivers and regulations. the entire tea party movement was basically a revote against obama care. that means they were going after obama care r
accusations the irs targeted conservative political groups when senior irs officials found out about the claims. >> plus attention after a deadly accident in san francisco bay. >> and what barbara walt >>> today president obama weighed in on two scandalled affecting miz administration, sparing thoughts on the attack in benghazi, libya and accusations against the irs. we're learning the acting of irs commissioner found out in may, 2012 tea party groups had been targeted. >> they wrt president's first comments on the irs controversy. >> i can tell you that if you got the irs operating in anything less than a neutral and nonpartisan way, then that is outrageous. >> but for republicans that might not be good enough. they want to know how arks cord together irs, low-level employees could have applied special scrutiny to other groups whose goals include government. >> they use key words. >> a report shows irs began targeting groups in 2010 and senior irs officials have known bit for almost two years. the president we weighed in on the benghazi controversy and talking points handed out to c
of conservative groups they say was known to high level officials here at washington even as it was underway. a combhat tive obama said the irs was playing politics targeting nonprofit groups the tea party patriots or self identified educational groups promoting the constitution. >> it is contrary to our traditions and people have to be held accountable and it's got to be fixed. >> the irs admitted to the effort but attempted to blame it on low level employees in the agency the lawyers for tea party groups for evidence say they were targeted by officials since washington supporting the decisions of many tea party leaders. >> a couple of low level employees out of cincinnati, ohio who have this much influence. literally it was coast to coast. >> the agency is already in plenty of hot water for initially denying to congress that con sefb ti-- conservative ever faced this scrutiny. >> the irs have not targeted specific groups. >> we pride ourselves on being a nonpolitical nonpartisan organization. there is absolutely no targeting. this is the kind of back and forth that happens when they apply
got some opposition from their freshmen members and most conservative members saying that the house isn't doing enough to repeal the health law. obviously president obama has been re-elected. this is his law and he's never going to allow repeal to get past his desk, but that doesn't mean house republicans don't want to make a statement and make it clear to the public that they continue to fight this law. >> how many times have house republicans tried to repeal the law? >> this will be the 37th vote to repeal a portion of the law. there's been 37 votes, most of them were in the last three years, but this will be only the third time they've attempted full repeal of the law. >> what are republicans saying specifically about the health care law that they say hurts the economy? >> well, you know, it's a lot of things that are going to start to go into effect early going to be re's requirements on employers to either provide coverage or pay penalties. we're already seeing some insurance rates announced this summer for next year. they're likely going to be increases in rates. they say tha
the white house. president obama is about toik ma a statement on the irs controversy where officials are accused of selecting conservative groups for extra scrutiny. the president met with officials from the treasury department which oversees the irs. late this afternoon. earlier today attorney general eric holder testified about how he's ordered a criminal investigation into the irs controversy. joining me now, democratic strategist bob schumm and chris matthews. what do you want to hear from the president? >> i think reverend al, this is one area where i don't think the president has any guilt personally. any responsibility personally for what happened. he is, however, head of the executive branch. he has to offer for it. the united states government which has a certain image with certain people has a positive image with me but there are people out there on the right and the center right who don't like the government. this is an example they will argue of government malfeasance, corruption, bias, whatever. so he has to deal with it. he has to put out this fire. the way you put out
not directly order the irs to pound conservative groups. down the road, the irs and ap stories might become nightmares for president obama, but again, that has not yet been established. >> ari melber, bill o'reilly. almost the voice of reason. >> he said bill o'reilly was the reasonable person at fox like the thin kid at fat camp. we see it here. charles krauthammer as right as you get says republicans are overplaying their hand. they compared every mini wannabe scandal to watergate, slin dra and now the low level operational questions as i discussed with you should be investigated, igs should be involved, but these are not obama level issues. when you immediately say they are, you give away the game, in the same sense that attorney general holder is the first one held in contempt by the house, but it was a year ago when they did it over fast and furious, over e-mails, about responding to congressional requests. they have nothing left to go after holder, they already did the worse they could do. >> listen to what charles krauthammer has to say about this. >> one advice i give to republicans
commissioner stephen miller had been aware of the agency's effort to put greater scrutiny on conservative groups as early as 2012. he told staffers in an internal memo that he'll be departing in early june when his acting assignment ends. president obama announced miller's resignation and described his own outrage over the whole issue. >> the misconduct that had been covered is unexcusable. it's inexcusable and americans are right to be angry about it. i am angry about it. i will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency but especially in the irs. given the power that it has and the reach that it has and all of our lives. and as i said earlier, it should not matter what political party you're from, the fact is that the irs has to operate with absolute integrity. >> the initial republican response to the move was positive. congressman darrell isa calling it a good first step. but with a full schedule of hearings looming, other republicans framed the scandal and stark criminal terms if the wrongdoing extended beyond the halls of the irs. >> these are the tactics of the third world. t
. >>> president obama will appoint a new acting irs commissioner this week. yesterday he accepted the resignation of the action commissioner steven miller. this all following revelations the agency singled out conservative groups who applied for a certain tax exempt status. attorney general eric holder telling congress he is going through with a criminal investigation of the irs. >>> coming up, terrifying minutes for a mother after her stroller falls onto tracks with her toddler inside. we'll show you what happened next. >>> and possibly putting your family at risk. the latest safety reports on small suv dz as and it is not g >>> cisco shines on the stock market. we'll take a look why that company is so important coming up in business news. ♪ we don't have a ten step filtering process for our water. we don't need it. because crystal geyser is made by nature, not by man. crystal geyser is always bottled at the mountain source. >>> no matter how many times i've looked at this video, it scares me every time. a heart-stopping moment for a mother in philadelphia when her stroller rolled off a train
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. obama fired him and he is done at the middle of next month anyway. >> host: their life at the ways & means committee this morning to look at allegations of targeting of conservative groups by the internal revenue internal revenue service. the committee is in recess for a couple of votes on the house floor. we wanted to show you the comments of california republican nunes who asked steven miller of the outgoing irs, why he is resigning. >> you really are not taking any acknowledgment that you knew anything and that you didn't do anything wrong. you said that numerous times on the record today, that you did nothing wrong. so i find it hard to believe, why did you resign or why are you resigning? >> i never said i didn't do anything wrong mr. nunes. what i said is contained in the questions, i resigned because as the acting commissioner what happened in the irs whether i was personally involved or not, it stops at my desk. and so i should be held accountable for what happens. whether i was personally involved or not. it's a very different question, serve. >> host: from the testimony o
, but are they that irritating? >> they are, but we shouldn't say the story too loud because the obama administration could get the idea of levying taxes on business anchors. >> they are trying to tax conservatives. >> exactly. they are already well down the road. >> silly to tax people because of the life choice, but today's hipster is tomorrow's six figure income salary with two kids to go through college. they will not be hipsters for long. melissa: there's a new waffle taco, comes with a side of syrup. as big as the dorritos tacos?ov. are you getting it? >> no. melissa: totally getting it. that's all the money we have for you today. we'll see you back here tomorrow. you guys were fantastic. here comes "the willis report." gerri: hello issue everybody. i'm gerri willis. tonight on "the willis report," the long arm of the irs stretching further and further tonight, why they are looking for more information from not just political groups, but you. also, if stocks are not your thing, how to put your money into alternative investments. and jolie took a drastic step to prevent breast cancer. we'll ask the doctor
conservative actions. besides running the electric car make maker. >>> the obama administration is unlikely to make a decision on the controversial keystone pipeline until later this year. they'll export petroleum products from canada to nebraska. they say president obama isn't rushing the process. they will weigh the impacts on the environment. they have several stages to work through, including one that hasn't begun yet and could run for months. >>> detroit's emergency manager will issue his report today with several recommendations to help them avoid financial collapse. in a statement kevin orr says the path they have followed for more than 40 years is unsustainable and requires a complete restructuring. the report says bankruptcy remains an option but he hopes to avoid that by cutting costs such as temporary health care and pension and selling city assets. detroit has a junk level rating of more than $15 million in debt. bloomberg is reporting that everyone does it. they got caught. the response is coming on "worldwide exchange." e-mail or tweet us at ross westgtate. and still to come o
carole. >>> president obama stayed out of the irs scandal until yesterday. the president addressed the agency's role in targeting organizations with the words tea party in their name and some others that had conservative ideologies. the president came out saying that behavior is not acceptable in his administration. >> if, in fact, irs personnel engaged in the kind of practices that have been reported on, and were intentionally targeting conservative groups, that's outrageous. and there's no place for it. and they have to be held fully accountable. we'll wait and see what exactly all the details and the facts are. but i've got no patience with it. i will not tolerate it. and we'll make sure that we find out exactly what happened on this. >> now, the agency says the scandal was limited to low-level workers at a cincinnati field office. but now "the washington post" is reporting at least two irs officials based in washington, d.c. were also involved with the investigations. the house ways and means committee has set hearings for friday. and there will be a senate probe, as well. >>>
, the irs was led by an appointee of george w. bush but republicans now say president obama deserves some of the blame too. this morning, the scandal involving the irs and tea party groups is growing. documents obtained by abc news show the unfair treatment of some conservatives extended beyond this cincinnati field office that was initially blamed. the acting irs commissioner also knew of the problem for at least a year, never telling congress. >> and you use the irs in this fashion, you're basically limiting free speech. and that's not good for any of us. >> reporter: the groups were trying to register as tax-exempt organizations. the irs was supposed to enforce the law with integrity and fairness to all not considering political views but an irs watchdog found some got extra scrutiny including those with tea party in their names or criticize how the government is being run. >> they wanted very specific details concerning people that came to our meetings. >>> people that spoke. >> how many e-mails did you send, what were they? >> it had a chiing effect on all of us. >> reporter: preside
bottled at the mountain source. >> it is a tough week for president obama and the obama administration. with issues with the irs party conservatives. the justice department collecting a news a disease on record and renewed interest in the benghazi attack are questioning the credibility of the administration and the action of the administration. michael yaki does not appear at least three issues everyone is talking about which the biggest problem the most damaging of the obamas administration? >> in politics you never want to pick a fight with someone who buys things like a barrel. the ap doj subpoena is probably the one that has the most potential damage. is the one that goes straight at the heart of what all the journalists do. which is their job. the obama administration is something they need to figure out how to deal with and deal with quickly. when you look at all three of them as to call them lying, prying, spying. the benghazi one is pretty much a scandal. musch the impression has been there again and again. people still do not have much interest in the bin got the issue. they w
this in the white house, is far more serious politically, because it has the potential to incite the conservative base, and for everybody out there in the country who feels that government has overreached or government is too big and obama is a symbol of big government, which is exactly the problem, and whether or not the president or anybody else in the white house knew something about this is already irrelevant politically speaking. >> it's a thing that lisks those two things. >> whether justified or not. >> applying for a government benefit, which is, you know, nonprofit status, it's not like big government was coming into people's homes. >> but the government was subjecting them to a kind of question based on what -- >> the government was wrong -- >> no, no, no one is saying we're right here. >> i beg to differ. i think -- i don't think that they should have unduly scrutinized conservative groups. i think they should have been scrutinizing everybody. >> that's fine. it has to be evenhanded. >> but i see these controversies are fundamental questions about the way we work as a country, and i th
news" with scott pelley. we're beginning tonight with breaking news. president obama has just fired the acting head of the internal revenue service, steven miller. miller's head is the first to roll in the scandal over the i.r.s. targeting political-- conservative political groups. the president described himself moments ago as angry and here is what he said at the white house. >> the misconduct that it uncovered is inexcusable, and americans have a right to be angry about it. i am angry about it. i will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency, but especially in the i.r.s. >> pelley: the president promised full cooperation with the congress. the justice department has opened a criminal investigation. and we have more about that from nancy cordes. >> reporter: scott, we learned today from congressional sources that two i.r.s. employees in cincinnati have been disciplined by the agency. we don't know what form that discipline took. a lot of republicans and some democrats today called for more employees to be punished, and possibly prosecuted. attorney general eric holder said
of the irs has resigned. president barack obama made the announcement late this afternoon at the white house. steven miller was asked to step down in the aftermath of the irs scandal that showed the agency improperly targeted conservative groups. the president has called the irs conduct inexcusable. >>> days after revealing she had a double mastectomy angelina jolie says she is taking another radical step to reduce her risk of cancer. today the 37-year-old actress says she is planning surgery to have her ovaries removed. her doctors say she has a 50% chance of developing oi vair yen cancer. remember that took her mother's life at the age of 56. 70% of women who test positive for the gene have their ovaries removed. >>> what is hidden in your food could affect your health. >> 7 on your side's michael finney is here with a special investigation. >> if your dog has allergies you could be giving them food making them sick without even knowing you are doing it. parents are diligent about reading labels, but the labels don't tell the whole story. >> and powerball pandemonium. they have drawn the n
to testify. reports say miller was aware irs employees purposely gave extra scrutiny to conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. and an irs statement says another official, joseph grant, commissioner of the agency's tax-exempt and government entities division, willjunerd. yesterday, president obama named daniel werfel as the new acting commissioner of the agency. werfel, controller of the white house budget office, heads to the irs next week. during a news conference yesterday, the president told reporters he sees no need for a special prosecutor to investigate the irs scandal. he believes the congressional and justice department investigations will be sufficient to figure out what happened. in bangladesh, 300 garment factories are reopening today after closing for three days over safety concerns. last month a factory collapse there killed 1100 people. worker unrest has rippled throughout the bangladeshi garment industry. a manufacturing association said factories have been cleared for adequate safety. meanwhile, in cambodia, three workers died following the collapse of a celiing
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